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Blocking  and Block Cues

Blocking and Block Cues

Tweet In this article, On Stage Lighting addresses some common areas of difficulty for anyone trying to get to grips with programming professional lighting desks, particularly for cued theatre performances.  Going hand-in-hand with the dreaded ‘Tracking’, lighting control ‘Blocking’ and ‘Block Cues’ often confuse beginners to the world of lighting programming.  Let’s try and straighten […] [...more]

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Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

Nested Palettes in Stage Lighting Programming

Tweet On Stage Lighting presents a quick guide to the use of “nested” palettes in stage lighting programming and some benefits from using this technique, along with potential problems that may arise for the unwary programmer. [...more]

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The Magic Sheet And You

The Magic Sheet And You

Tweet In the usual OSL style of attempting make your life easier, On Stage Lighting takes a look at “Magic Sheets” in performance lighting, their development and how the concept can be used with modern lighting control platforms with some specific examples using the Cham Sys MagicQ. [...more]

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Pan & Tilt Invert – Why Life Is Sometimes Better Back To Front

Pan & Tilt Invert – Why Life Is Sometimes Better Back To Front

Tweet This week we look at attribute inversions in intelligent lighting control, the use of Pan or Tilt Invert in particular. So what is attribute inversion, why would a console programmer use it and when is an invert most useful? On Stage Lighting turns your world upside down. [...more]

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21 Ways to an Easier Programming Life

21 Ways to an Easier Programming Life

Tweet Programming moving lights is complicated, especially when you’re taking those first steps with some hired waggly heads and an unfamiliar console.On Stage Lighting lists 21 ways to make programming easier, more efficient and how to avoid mistakes that waste valuable time. [...more]

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Using Programmer Based Lighting Controllers

Using Programmer Based Lighting Controllers

Tweet An article looking at the concepts and use of programmer based moving light consoles. The backbone of professional lighting consoles, using a “Programmer” is a jump from recording with a conventional “record output” lighting desk. [...more]

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Lighting Cue Timing – Better Scene Transitions

Lighting Cue Timing – Better Scene Transitions

Tweet This article looks at the importance of time in lighting design and console programming for moving lights plus some practical uses for cue timing controls. [...more]

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Using Submasters for Busking Band Lighting

Using Submasters for Busking Band Lighting

Tweet Following Concert Lighting Programming in 30 mins, Dimitris asked for more information on organising submasters/playbacks when lighting a concert. So here it is – ideas on how to layout your lighting console playbacks for simplicity and flexibility. [...more]

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Concert Lighting Programming in 30 Minutes

Concert Lighting Programming in 30 Minutes

Tweet In the middle of summer(?) music festival madness, On Stage Lighting gives you a 30 minute schedule and a cheat sheet to help program up your lighting desk for three days of bands. The mud has been removed from this article for reasons of hygiene. [...more]

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Moving Light Control – Palettes – Lighting Desk Basics 4

Moving Light Control – Palettes – Lighting Desk Basics 4

Tweet Programming moving lights on a modern intelligent lighting console involves some new techniques for the novice console operator, not least the use of “Palettes”. Using palettes is an important method for efficiently programming intelligent fixtures and organising their attributes such as colours, gobos, pan, tilt etc into manageable chunks. On Stage Lighting explains the […] [...more]

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Moving Light Control – Groups – Lighting Desk Basics 3

Moving Light Control – Groups – Lighting Desk Basics 3

Tweet The third part of the Lighting Desk Basics series, On Stage Lighting looks at the elements of moving light control. Article 2 – Intelligent Lighting Control, looked at the first steps of controlling moving lights, fixture personalities and patching. Using Groups to control your “heads” is the next step in console programming like the […] [...more]

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Intelligent Lighting Control – Lighting Desk Basics 2

Intelligent Lighting Control – Lighting Desk Basics 2

Tweet A top end professional intelligent lighting control desk and the moving light section on a cheap lighting control have common features. Understanding these elements, while not teaching you to become a moving light operator, can help a beginner learning any intelligent lighting desk. In the second part of the Lighting Desk …series, On Stage […] [...more]

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Lighting Desk Basics – Beginner’s Guide to a Stage Light Control – 1

Lighting Desk Basics – Beginner’s Guide to a Stage Light Control – 1

Tweet The lighting control, “board” or “desk” is the a key part of any stage lighting set up and it is using the lighting desk that an operator is able to control the equipment. This can range from adjusting the “levels” on stage lighting dimmers to controlling complex intelligent lighting systems and media servers. Although […] [...more]

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